The DJI Mini was released only a year after the introduction of the DJI Mavic Mini. It’s impressive to see a follow-up to DJI’s tinies and most affordable drones so soon, so we can’t help but wonder what tricks it learned over the year.
On the outside, the DJI Mini looks a lot like the Mavic Mini, with both devices packing similar features and designs.
The two drones share the same image sensor, the automated QuickShot modes, and the designated DJI Fly companion app.
However, DJI introduced a few headline goodies that may tempt the Mavic Mini users to trade up for the latest model.
While the Mini 2 is still a beginner drone that is far from offering pro-level flying capabilities or video features, it’s one of the best entry-level drones we’ve ever seen at its pricing point.
These are the five core differences between the DJI Mini 2 and the 2019 Mavic Mini, which is now cheaper due to the new model’s release.
The Mavic Mini received a lot of criticism because it can’t shoot 4K video, capable only of producing 2.7k / 30p videos.
The Mini 2 is a noticeable step up with its 4K / 30p mode, capable of shooting at a bit-rate of 100 Mbps.
In contrast, the Mavic Mini was only capable of shooting at 40Mbps, so the step up in resolution and bit-rate may be a solid reason to upgrade.
That being said, the Mavic Air 2 features an extra step up thanks to its 1/2 inch sensor and 120Mbps bit-rate. The Mini 2 features a similar 1/2.3-inch sensor like the original Mini did, and it’s a bit disappointing to see that the newer model doesn’t feature a 2.7K/ 60p mode.
Still, its three-axis gimbal results in superior quality and performance than the most entry-level drones offer.
DJI claims that the Mini 2 has some improved motors compared to the original Mavic Mini. That will likely come in handy during takeoff and fast movements but will have little effects on the flying performance.
First of all, the Mini 2 has marginally faster acceleration than its predecessor, recording 5m/s in its most rapid “Sport” mode, in contrast to 4m/s on the original model. That is a 25% increase, after all.
The drone registers a higher top speed of 16m/s than the first model’s 13m/s.
The Mini 2’s build helps it withstand winds of 24mph.
Though that’s certainly an upgrade over its predecessor, it’s safe to say that neither of the two drones can fly in harsh conditions.
The new motors seem to contribute to the Mini 2’s marginally longer 31-minute flight time, which is about sixty seconds longer than what the first model offered.
One of the most exciting advantages the Mini 2 offers is the ability to shoot DNG raw photos, which isn’t supported on the JPEG-only Mavic Mini.
Raw images feature greater editing potential than JPEGs, meaning that you can precisely adjust the results better to your liking in apps like PhotoShop.
Also, the Mini 2 has new features like the ability to mash up panoramas, HDR-style modes known as AEB triple shot, and even 4k hyper-lapse. That is a nice feature to have in contrast to what the first model offered.
Unfortunately, the Mini 2 has no raw equivalent for video, no D-log, or any picture profiles, which are telltale signs that the drone is meant for beginners and hobbyists.
If you are into advanced features like that, you should check out the DJI Mavic Air 2, which can shoot in the D-Cinelike profile, or the DJI Mavic 2 Pro. However, they cost significantly more, but the price may be worth it if you use the features they offer.
Pricing is critical when you choose a drone. The introduction of extra features to the DJI Mini 2 translated to a step up in pricing. The new drone registered a 14% price hike in contrast to the first model’s launch price, a noticeable difference for the budget-minded buyer.
The Mini 2 is available in its essential bundle for $449 / £419 / AU$749 and a so-called Fly More Pack that features a charging hub, carry case, and some extra batteries for $599 / £549 / AU$949.
The Fly More Pack steps up the price in a region near the one we can find the Mavic Air 2, which has a base price of $799 / £769 / AU$1,499. However, many people believe that it’s definitely worth the price as it’s arguably the most capable drone in its weight class and price range. Perhaps you should save up some extra money to cover the difference between the two, as the more advanced Mavic Air 2 may better suit your needs, especially if you don’t need that extra air time the Fly More pack offers.
The original model costs significantly less, up to $150, depending on where you are looking for it. The newer model’s release is great news for those who wanted to purchase the original one but couldn’t afford it.